Dr. Bruce returns after a magickal mystery tour of epic proportions performing and speaking at the Oregon Eclipse festival and then on to Burning Man. Join John Zielinski, Michael Moore and Dr. Bruce on a hillside above the Eclipse stage to witness the union of darkness and light as totality swept across Eastern Oregon on August 21, 2017. The boys wax poetic on what all of this means as the totality tells the story of perfect chance that pulled us into existence. Shpongle provides a surprise... Topics: eclipse, Symbiosis Festival, origin of life, science, cosmology
Dr. Bruce returns after a two month hiatus with the first of two talks from the June 2017 Science of Consciousness Conference in La Jolla, California. The first, an interview by Nick Day of Consciousness Central, is a wide ranging conversation exploring the implications of the new Hot Spring Origin of Life hypothesis for biology, physics, philosophy and the origin and phenomenon of consciousness. Credits: Nick Day (interviewer), Dr. Bruce Damer (interviewee), Consciousness Central (recording... Topics: Origin of Life, consciousness, physics, chemistry, philosophy, metaphysics
Dr. Bruce is interviewed by the "VR The Movie" documentary film crew in April of 2015 on his past and current views of Virtual Reality. This sweeping discussion starts with the story of Jaron Lanier escaping to Silicon Valley in an old car to create the first VR headset and glove in the late 1980s, We then motor on through the mid 90s revolution in online "avatar" virtual worlds and drive up to the second coming of VR with Oculus Rift in the 20-teens. We finally look through... Topics: Virtual Reality, avatars, Jaron Lanier, Oculus Rift, Thomas Edison, cinema, James Cameron,...
Dr. Bruce marks the sad passing in April 2017 of Bob Taylor, the innovative father of much of the digital technology that we use every day. Bob funded Doug Engelbart's lab in the mid 1960s creating the first interactive computing information environment using a mouse and conceived of and headed the ARPANET project, forerunner of the Internet. In the 70s he directed the Xerox PARC Computer Science Lab which brought us the Alto. the first networked personal computer, and ran DEC labs in the... Topics: Xerox PARC, Doug Engelbart, computer mouse, ARPANET, Silicon Valley, Xerox Alto, Ethernet
Dr. Bruce shares some heartfelt words on the recent so-called "election" of 2016 in the USA. Recorded on the eve of the new year 2017 and offered on the eve of the so-called "inauguration" of a non-elected "president". It reflects a Canadian but also a human view of the broken nature of the US national political system and its need to be radically remade some time in the future. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (recording and cover art). [released 19 January 2017] Topics: US Political System, presidentail elections, democracy, Donald Trump, fraud, voting, constitutional...
Join Dr. Future (Al Lundell) and Dr. Bruce in another Tubcast, a spirited (and bubbly) hot tub conversation ranging from the cosmic destiny of life beyond Earth, to our own ancestry at the birth of our world, to how we might best survive and thrive for another five hundred years. Is all we have to do to wake up to how rare we are and to the wonder of *what is* rather than falling into stories invented by others? Please join us again in the Levity Zone for dialogues at the edge of the west, or... Topics: life in space, spacecraft, Mars exploration, conspiracy theories, Elon Musk
Dr. Bruce returns for another TubCast with Allan Lundell in a pot boiling historical hot tub conversation about the origins and evolution of the power structures, brokers and abusers we find ourselves surrounded by today. Part One of this investigation takes us through the shaping of power from the temple at Eleusis through the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution up to Dr. Bruce's 1986 meeting of "Kojak and the Serpent". Dr. Bruce then offers a ray of hope through science and... Topics: Power, Eleusis, Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, Economics, Pathology, Psychopathy, Leadership,...
Dr. R.P. Kaushik returns to the Levity Zone to describe how listening to the body and becoming the observer separate from mind can open us to a healing and transformative intelligent energy. This energy can unify us with what is: the source of life itself. Dr. Bruce has recently been engaged in practices that are taking him closer to opening to this energy, so his heart was wide open to Dr. Kaushik's telling of this link between the body, the mind and this path to transformation. As our world... Topics: Body, Health, Consciousness, Realization, Healing
For the 50th Levity Zone podcast Dr. Bruce offers: "Fire in the Sky" a four part full tilt poetic journey from the birth of the cosmos through the origin of life and human conscious awareness. This piece was later performed on stage with Android Jones and Val Santana at the 2016 Lightning in a Bottle festival. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (performer), Lisa Cory (cover photography), Val Santana/DJ DISSOLV (recording and music mixing). [released 29 September 2016] Topics: Cosmogenesis, biogenesis, evolution, consciousness, language, paleolithic Europe, Ancient Greece,...
Back in June of 2012 Lorenzo Hagerty and yours truly, Dr. Bruce, presented a program on the life of Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Join us in the Big Yurt perched over the Pacific in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I fulfilled a promise Terence and I made to 'do my own thing' and return to Esalen in his name to present my particular raps.Join me as I weave some new myths, flow out Esalen visions and inspire a hopeful view of our coming to... Topics: Esalen Institute, human evolution, Terence McKenna, cognitive overload, consciousness
Dr. Bruce returns with a report on science field work in Australia and at the Bumpass Hell volcanic springs in California. And then following on to our last episode "Primal Theory" which took up questions on how the universe might work, Dhiren Dasu and Dr. Bruce sit down in the studio and take up the more pertinent, personal question of where humanity might be going next. We asked ourselves the question: "what is your prime driver?" We cycled through whether we should live... Topics: personal philosophy, consciousness, rhythm, awareness, presence, yoga, psychedelics, Ram Dass
Wizards Light performance with Dr. Bruce Damer, Samantha Sweetwater, Jasmine & DISSOLV @ Playalchemist-Burning Man August 31, 2017. Video by Frank Nuccio (of Dr. Bruce Damer) and Dr. Bruce Damer (of on-stage views). Topics: Burning Man, dance, spoken word, Playalchemist
In November 2011 at the peak of the Occupy movement Dr. Bruce was moved by the protesters who so bravely spoke truth to power. Occupy represented deep dissatisfaction with a nation and a system deeply riddled with corruption that even the founding fathers of the Republic had feared and foretold. So he penned a five part document: "By and for the 99%, a visionary Blueprint for a Radical Remake of America (or any country)" which drew enough attention that he ended up on conservative... Topics: occupy wall street, us constitution, corruption politics, constitutional convention
Dr. Bruce returns for a Studio Session with Dhiren Dasu recorded back in 2012 where he dove into his primordial thinking behind the recently published hypothesis on the origin of life, musings on the origin of the cosmos, and the unique place of life and God in the universe. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker), Dhiren Dasu (interview and audio recording), Ryan Norkus (cover art) Mental Physix (theme music). [released 2 July 2016] Topics: science, origin of life, cosmogenesis, God, evolution
A collection of photos, screen shots, posters, avatar worlds and project images of Dr. Bruce Damer. Feel free to remix and use in your projects but please honor our Creative Commons noncommercial share alike attribution 3.0 license. For more information on Dr. Bruce see http://www.damer.com Topics: Dr. Bruce Damer, avatars, virtual worlds, NASA, space, EvoGrid
This lost talk from Fractal Nation at Burning Man 2012 was resurrected by Andrew O'Keefe! Introduced by the artist Android Jones, Dr. Bruce goes on to unbolt the gears and camshafts of the machine that drives society, from the Mad Men who created the advertising that is supposed to define who we are, to how the machine may rattle itself apart like the long lost Soviet Union. How do we prepare for when the wheels come off? Listen in and find your way to slowly, but surely leave that machine and... Topics: consciousness, civilization, soviet union, R. P. Kaushik, advertising, ecology, power
Apple Computer's 30th birthday was celebrated back in November 2006 when Dr. Bruce and his DigiBarn Computer Museum hosted a lively, nerdly and funny panel featuring Steve Wozniak, Randy Wigginton, Chris Espinosa, and Daniel Kottke. The theme was: "Apple in the garage" when these four gentlemen along with Steve Jobs assembled Apple 1 computers in his parents' garage, cooking up what would eventually become the world's most valuable company. This episode is released to coincide with... Topics: DigiBarn, computer history, Apple computer, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Apple I, Apple II, garages,...
Dr. Bruce Damer's first appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on October 14, 2014. From the podcast summary at: http://podcasts.joerogan.net/podcasts/bruce-damer Dr. Bruce Damer is a polymath scientist, designer, author and general explorer of liminal realms. He has worked for over a decade in simulation and design of space missions for NASA, develops biochemical models for the origin of life at UC Santa Cruz and collects vintage computers and their history in his DigiBarn computer... Topics: Joe Rogan, space exploration, science, human history, digibarn, origin of life
In the next of our "Deep 90s" episodes join Dr.Bruce back in 1995 and '96 in two seminal conversations with journalist Darek Milewski on the emergence of a new medium: Internet virtual worlds with users represented as "avatars". Dreams of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" metaverse were being realized by users placing millions of 3D objects into personal homesteads in Alphaworld. Bruce relates how his new organization, the Contact Consortium, was also building its... Topics: virtual worlds, avatars, alphaworld, contact consortium, virtual community
Oregon Eclipse Festival: "Song Of Saros" on the Fringe Theater Stage, Thursday August 17, 2017. "Wizards Light" troupe including Samantha, Sweetwater, Jasmine, Dr. Bruce Damer & DJ DISSOLV Part 1 of 2. Video by Michael Moore. Topics: Symbiosis Eclipse, dance, spoken word performance
Dr. Bruce returns from the Amazon rainforest and opens the Burning Man 2013 talks series with "Sacred Monkey Power", a talk about our 90 million year deep ancestry starting out on the limbs of rainforest giants. A real dragonfly graced the colorful pavillion of Sacred Spaces Village during the talk adding to the magic. Pressing on Dr. Bruce showed how we may push back against the coiling snake of technology, the thrall of our manic monkey masters and aim our civilization for that... Topics: Human Ancestry, Technology, Future
Rolling the clock way back to 1994 we find Dr. Bruce living and working in Prague, the beautiful medieval capital of the Czech lands. As well as leading a team of top class Bohemian engineers at Elixir, Dr. Bruce presents his very own Prague Gnosis in three interviews edited for you here in the Zone: Jan and Krystyna Kaplan's video documentary Good Morning Prague, Molly's interview on Radio Metropolis, and Wendy Haller's D-Salon arts piece on Radio Prague. Hear a very early Dr. Bruce wax... Topic: Prague
Returning from the Deep 90s back to the future in 2015 Dr. Bruce joins Allan Lundell and his mythic friend Peter Fae for a hot tub confab high on the mountaintop of Future Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Not only is Al a true bon homme but he is also a keen observer of the cyber-culture and developing trends in tech and the social landscape, chronicling all of this in his KSCO Santa Cruz radio show, Dr. Future. Realizing a twenty year dream of networking hot tub conversations, Dr. Bruce, Al... Topics: spirituality, science, gaia, space, billionaires, origin of life, mythic selves, avatars, drones
The Levity Zone features the third and final 2013 Burning Man talk held at the Palenque Norte tent in Camp Soft Landing, Dr. Bruce takes up the vitally important theme of the re-balancing of the feminine in the world as a force to re-center the course of our crazily careening civilization. Dive into this fanciful yet provokative story, based partly on profound new scientific discoveries yes mostly drawn out of the imagination, Follow the life of one of the most important figures in our deep... Topics: Human Evolution, Feminine, Civilization
In part 2 of the conversation with the Madre, mother nature, we reply back to her inquiry. The message? It is much needed information on the planetary state of us monkeys, her most promising yet problematic progeny. Why have this conversation? We may be considered crazy, but the survival of us, and all of Earth’s life may rest in the balance. If the Madre can help us, we can help the Madre and there truly is reason for hope. Credits: Bruce Damer (speaker, intro, editing), Chris Aman... Topics: human evolution of life, technology, spiritual quest, gaia, mother earth, nature, amazon...
Dr. Bruce Damer's performance of "Fire In The Sky" at the 2016 Lighting in a Bottle festival on the Temple of Lucent Consciousness stage. Live art projections were provided by by Android (Andrew) Jones, and music was artfully blended in by DJ DISSOLV (Val Santana). Two camera shoot by Kalie Violet Starkey (Quicktime movie file set) and cell phone capture by Michael Moore (MP4). Performed on 28 May, 2016 by the dry shores of the San Antonio Reservoir, Bradley California. Topics: poetry, space, science, human history, human future
Join us for part 2 of the controversial Radical Remake show with Dr. Bruce, and KSCO Radio's Michael Zwerling as they take on a barrage of callers from a mostly politically right of center listenership. As a preamble Dr. Bruce summarizes the five points his Radical Remake blueprint as well as Lawrence Lessig's book Republic Lost. Both documents outline how a constitutional convention might be held in the USA to deal with corruption and reboot the country's system of governance. Credits: Dr.... Topics: Constitutional Convention, Politics, Corruption, Lawrence Lessig
In this special edition of the Levity Zone we embark on a new leg of our journey with the start of Levity Zone Salons. The first one was held at Ancient Oaks Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains on December 7th 2013 and featured: Dr. Bruce, Jacob Aman, Mark Boolootian, Mikey Siegel, and Travis Rios. The theme was: how do you integrate deeply powerful spiritual experiences into your everyday life? Those precious elevated states doled out from some ineffable source are rare in the human experience... Topics: Spirtual Experience, Psychology, Practices
In honor of the passing of Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin a special group journeyed to a lush green spring-fed valley in dry far Northern California back in June of 2014. Dr. Bruce spins a tale of how we came to vision, the coevolution of technology and then on into how we may open to a group overmind driven and connected through the 'Shulgin Chip' and reach a place where we resonate with a cosmic destiny.Thanks to author Ramez Naam for his novel Nexus which was the inspiration for this talk.... Topic: Sasha Shulgin
Returning for the second half of the Merry Pranksters visit to the Levity Zone, Prankster Lee Quarnstrom reads from his autobiography "When I was a Dynamiter" with a spectacular telling of the 1965 bust at Ken Kesey's house in La Honda. Yours truly, Dr. Bruce, shares Leon Tabory's hitherto untold tale of the accidental painting of Kesey's magic bus before its epic 1964 New York trip, a chance inspiration that colored up the whole 60s. And John Leopold, First District Supervisor of... Topics: Merry Pranksters, Acid Test, 1960s, Santa Cruz, Ken Kesey
This is a web extract of Bruce Damer's classic book "Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet" Published by Peachpit Press in October of 1997. Along with the full chapter text and images is extra supplemental material including: appendices, interviews and tutorials. This PDF file is a dump of the book's public web site which was published on the CD-ROM and is also available online at: http://www.digitalspace.com/avatars/book/fullbook/index.htm Topics: avatars, virtual worlds, virtual communities, chat rooms, virtual reality, early social networks
There is reason for hope as I take you on a very personal voyage into a lifelong quest for contact with nature and the biosphere: the Madre. She is the entity that for me represents the sentient yet very alien presence that is the planetary living bolus, The following interview, conducted in Sierra Madre, California in November 2012, is the first of two parts in what became a conversation with the Madre. It is a drama of the evolution and the fight for the soul and survival of us monkeys and... Topics: human evolution, technology, spiritual quest, gaia, mother earth, nature, amazon rainforest,...
byDr. Bruce Damer, Prof. David Deamer, Life journal
Paper Abstract: Hydrothermal fields on the prebiotic Earth are candidate environments for biogenesis. We propose a model in which molecular systems driven by cycles of hydration and dehydration in such sites undergo chemical evolution in dehydrated films on mineral surfaces followed by encapsulation and combinatorial selection in a hydrated bulk phase. The dehydrated phase can consist of concentrated eutectic mixtures or multilamellar liquid crystalline matrices. Both conditions organize and... Topics: protocells, hydrothermal fields, early evolution, origin of life, evolutionary biology, chemistry,...
In the next "Deep 90s" episode in the Levity Zone we roll the clock to January of 1998 when Bruce Damer appeared on National Public Radio's TechNation program with host Dr. Moira Gunn. By this time Internet virtual worlds had exploded as hundreds of thousands of users, clothed in digital representations called avatars, had homesteaded their way into second lives in Cyberspace. Well before Internet voice chat and video, social networks, and networked games these worlds hosted group... Topics: Avatars, virtual worlds, Internet
Select video segments and still images from Dr. Bruce Damer’s performance of "Conscious Light From Ancient Temples To Modern Shamanism" performed on the Temple Stage at the Lighting in a Bottle Festival, May 23, 2015. Building on a theme introduced by Lorenzo Hagerty in their workshop at Esalen in 2012, Dr. Damer takes an in-depth look at the importance and essence of the Mysteries at Eleusis. Included is an edit from the Lightning in a Bottle film crew to promote talks at future... Topics: Shamanism, Eleusis, Eleusinian Mysteries
Episode #82 Bruce Damer May 29, 2017 I’m joined on The Astral Hustle by the great Dr. Bruce Damer! We talk about the origin of cellular life, cosmic brilliance flowing through the web of humanity, and listening to the wisdom of the light in our minds. Topics: Dr. Bruce Damer, science, space, origin of life
Part two of the first Levity Zone Salon held in December of 2013 at Ancient Oaks Farm covers Dr. Bruce's personal integration guided by the teachings of Eckart Tolle and J. Krishnamurti. Travis then shared his heartbreak and frustration with powerful prescription drugs given to kids at his school putting them into a manic monkey mind state. The medicating of generations of youth by society may be altering the future of human consciousness and the very world in which we will all live. Mikey... Topics: Consciousness, drugs, childhood education, Eckart Tolle, J. Krishnamurti, human condition
Dr. Bruce Damer's Genesis Engines talk delivered at Burning Man on August 30, 2012 as part of the Palenque Norte Speaker Series. Credits: Bruce Damer (speaker), Chris Aman (editing) Kianna Alarid Cameron/Svamps (music) [released: Dec 31, 2012] Topics: origin of life science, artificial life, computing, combinatorial chemistry, SETI, cosmology
byDr. Bruce Damer, TEDxSantaCruz, Midwest Real podcast
Dr. Bruce presents his greatest idea yet for spaceflight in the first of two TEDx talks given for TEDxSantaCruz on April 24, 2015. Hear how humanity might create a sustainable presence in the solar system in this century through SHEPHERD, an innovative new type of spacecraft. After the TEDx talk we continue with an extended discussion about new possibilities in space with Michael Phillip of the Midwest Real podcast. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (introducer and presenter), TEDxSantaCruz (event... Topics: space flight, nasa, mars, asteroids, life, tedx
In April, 2014 the members of the Boston-based Jellicle Literary Guild met to consider a question posed virtually by Dr. Bruce on "can we remake our communities in the old model of the closely knit circle?". See how a group of intelligent New Englanders tackle this question. Host and publisher of Scriptor Press Raymond Soulard has guided the guild since its founding in New Britain, Connecticut in 1988. If you would like to host your own "salon" with a question posed in the... Topics: community, civilization
This first audience Q&A session for the second Ojai Salon (podcat 013) treats the sharing of a vision of a sane, sustainable and healthy world of the year 2050. We return to that intimate evening in a stone room in Ojai, California in June of 2013 and dive into dialogue, theories and stories shared by our audience. Audience contributor Dennis Leary emerges here as a powerful new voice of the Levity Zone. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (intro, editing), Steve Murtaugh (music), Jacob Aman (art),... Topics: human future, anthropology, evolution, sustainability
Dr. Bruce Damer on the Evil Twin Podcast (#EVLTWN). Find it at: http://www.eviltwinpodcast.com/ Episode 57 description: In this episode we talk to the brilliant Dr. Bruce Damer. Dr. Damer is an associate researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California at Santa Cruz where he collaborated with Prof. David Deamer to develop the Coupled Phases model for the origin of life. From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Damer's company, DigitalSpace Corporation, was awarded contracts by... Topics: space, science, visionary thinking
Dr. Bruce Damer on Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly Neff (podcast, radio). Currently includes: Episode 71: Spaced Out Science, a Conversation with Dr. Bruce Damer Topics: science, space, spirituality, festivals, Terence McKenna
byBruce Damer, Chris Adams, Chris Aman, Jacob Aman
Dr. Bruce asked: how can one hold the visionary state? The answer came in this recounting coming through a Sudarshan Kriya yoga breathwork session on 19 Aug, 2012. Credits: Bruce Damer (author), Chris Adams (music), Chris Aman (editing), Jacob Aman (art) Topic: Visionary state
Naeem at the Source, a visionary journey experienced by Dr. Bruce when leaving Pakistan in June, 2012. Read by Dr. Bruce Damer and Saad Zia in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov 6, 2012. Credits: Bruce Damer (author and reader), Saad Zia (reader), Chris Aman (editing and music). [released: Jan 14, 2013] Topics: Visionary journey, pushtoon, Pakistan, history, language
This second Ojai Salon opens with the sharing of a vision transporting us to the world of 2050. In this wondrous world of the imagination the ideal outcome has occurred and we are living in a safe, sane and healthy civilization nestled nicely on a recovered and restored verdant Earth. How did we get there? Suspend yourself in disbelief for a while and just settle back and enjoy the given vision. In the next episode the audience dialogue will dive into how we might actually get there. Credits:... Topics: Future of humanity, sustainability, spirituality
Journey to the beautiful valley of Ojai, in Southern Californa, where Dr. Bruce engages an intimate audience in the first Ojai Salon at the visionary compound of Jeffrey Harris near where J. Krishnamurti sat under the teaching tree.Come now with us in an inner journey from our insectivore primate ancestors 90 million years ago all the way out to the first flash of the total conscious manifest rendering of the cosmos in our own minds in our own time. Credits: Dr. Bruce Damer (speaker, intro,... Topics: human evolution, consciousness, cosmic futures, Ojai Salon
007-Dr.Bruce: Dr. R. P. Kaushik - The Universe Within Part 2 The second half of a talk by Dr. Kaushik about how the energy moves through our internal universe. He addresses the original audience question about how to handle sexual energy. Next, he explores how when we relate to the universe through thought we become isolated in aloneness. When thought comes to an end, and we face the full void of loneliness it is only there, free of mind, that love has the space to grow to the point you become... Topics: Dr. R. P. Kaushik, Eastern Spirituality